Meetings, Meetings, Meetings
While the Quebec students continue on their battle to reduce tuition, we’ve been working hard on planning for the upcoming year. In order to give you a better idea of what all this planning entails, let me give you an idea of what my role encompasses. I sit on several University Council committees and other non-Council committees (e.g. the Copyright Advisory Committee). Furthermore, I meet with students with academic concerns (i.e. grievances, questions, etc). My duties also entail addressing academic issues with the library and with student computing, supporting and developing student-focused academic initiatives and advocating on issues around University academic policies.
As the university seeks to intensify its research focus, I’ve been meeting up with Phaedra and Robin from the University Learning Centre to see how we could help enhance that area here at the USSU. It has been my observation that many students would like to see more experiential learning at the undergraduate level, so we would love to work towards meeting some of those needs to the best of our abilities. I also met up with Lea Pennock the University Secretary, to review the new Academic Appeal Processes, as well as to talk about some of the academic policies I’ll be working with. In addition, I’ve received more academic grievances that I’ve been attending to. As far as textbooks go, I met up with Mark Jagoe, the Bookstore Manager to talk about previous endeavors in regards to CRAM (the Canadian Roundtable on Academic Materials). We would like to promote awareness of ways that students and professors could help in saving money on academic materials, so look out for that!
Last weekend the rest of the exec and I met up with the URSU (University of Regina Students’ Union) exec. What a delightful bunch. We enjoyed two rounds of bowling, followed by a lovely sit down and ending with a celebration at the Consent Fest after party. I think we can sum up the meeting by saying we definitely had a great bonding time and are looking forward to working with them this coming year.
Well, that’s it for now. I hope you are all finding ways to enjoy your summer despite the crappy weather outside.
Till next time,